New York Elevator Accident Attorneys
People across New York use elevators daily in buildings across the state to go to their workplaces and homes. Using an elevator each day has become so commonplace that most people do not contemplate the potential for accidents, injuries, and even death. However, many people are injured each day while using or operating an elevator due to mechanical errors or elevator defects.
According to a study by CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training as part of a research agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Injuries to people working on or near elevators – including those installing, repairing, and maintaining elevators, and working in or near elevator shafts – account for 14 (almost half) of the annual deaths. Half of the deaths of workers working in or near elevators were due to falls into the shaft. Incidents, where workers were caught in/between moving parts of elevators and escalators, are in or on elevators or platforms that collapse, or are struck by elevators or counterweights are also numerous.”
Elevator accidents are avoidable for the general public as well as workers who service and repair them. Workers who service and repair elevators are required to receive adequate training that will educate them on proper care and safety measures. For instance, electrical workers and repair persons should de-energize and lockout all mechanical equipment and electrical circuits when elevator systems are being repaired or in service.
Supervisors and building owners should adequately train elevator workers and maintenance crews to ensure they are following all required safety procedures. They should also provide workers with the necessary equipment and safety equipment on the job site, such as fall protection when working in areas where there is a risk of falling six feet or greater.
And such, only qualified professionals should be utilized to provide maintenance and repair services. It is a sad fact that a lot of construction injuries and deaths involve non-union construction workers. These non-union construction workers and contractors are often less expensive, however, some may not have thorough and adequate training.
When repairing or servicing elevators, workers should ensure that they have adequate fall protection systems in place for themselves as well as the general public who might be looking to use the elevator. Finally, a maintenance and inspection program should be instituted to ensure the elevators are in working order and do not pose any safety concerns for all parties involved.
If you or your loved ones have been injured in an elevator accident in New York, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your legal rights and options in this situation.
Causes of Elevator Accidents in New York
Elevator accidents can be catastrophic. For workers who service, clean or repair elevators, there is the potential that elevators can cause serious injuries or death. Even in new building construction, construction workers who work near elevator shafts prior to installation, or those workers who are helping to install a new elevator are also at risk of catastrophic falls.
Some common elevator accidents are due to:
- Falls down elevator shafts
- Caught in between the elevator and the shaft
- Excess speed
- Improper or inadequate maintenance
- Improper elevator alignment causing the elevator to stop to high or too low
- Malfunctioning elevators
- Closing doors
- Abrupt stops
- Lost power and elevator plummets down
Contact a New York elevator accident lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice.
Common Elevator Accident Injuries
If you were injured in an elevator accident, you may be able to file a claim against the building owner.
Common elevator accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Crushed bones or appendages
- Blunt force trauma
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Bruises and lacerations
- Tissue damage
- Neck and shoulder injuries
Even a seemingly minor accident may cause more serious complications months or years down the road, so it is essential to seek medical care following the incident to ensure that you do not have more severe unknown injuries or internal bleeding that are not visible. These medical records are also important to obtain when pursuing a legal case against the construction company in the future.
You May Be Able to Recover Damages for Your Elevator Accident
If you or your loved ones have been injured in an elevator accident in New York or New York City, you may be able to recover damages due to:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost limbs
- Permanent injury or disability
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Current and future medical bills incurred
- Wrongful death
- Funeral costs
If you suffered injuries due to an elevator accident, the building owner may be liable for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages, among other expenses that may have been incurred after your injury.
It is your responsibility to prove liability and identify the issue that caused the elevator accident. In some instances, the victim must prove that the building owner, property management company, homeowner’s association, developer, corporation, retail store, tenant, or other negligent party had notice of the issue, ignored said issue, and did not take reasonable steps to remedy the issue. The victim must provide that the negligent party was responsible for operating or maintaining the elevator and was negligent in doing so.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case against the building owner for injuries sustained. Contact a New York personal accident lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice. Our lawyers are experienced at understanding laws in New York and understanding your legal rights after a personal injury.
We have received millions of dollars for clients who were injured in elevator accidents in New York. Our notable awards related to elevator accident cases include:
- $750,000 for a bus driver injured when she tripped and fell on a misleveled elevator in the building where she worked.
- $325,000 for a garage worker struck by an elevator door in the course of his employment.
- $190,000 for a man injured by a construction elevator.
- $143,000 for an operating engineer who injured his knee when he tripped on a misleveled elevator.
- $75,000 for a woman injured due to a defective elevator.
Our attorneys have been able to successfully obtain personal injury awards worth millions of dollars for other injured New Yorkers who suffered injuries in elevator accidents and may be able to do the same for you if you’ve been injured in an elevator in New York or New York City. Contact a New York personal injury attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today.